It’s the most basic rule of economics - if something costs more, people will do it less, and vice versa.

Therefore, the New York City Council clearly seems to think people should drive more rather than taking the subway. On Wednesday, they voted to make parking meters free on Sundays. Starts and Fits summarizes some of the many reasons this is terrible public policy. But it’s an election year, so 43 of our Councilmembers think nothing of spending only a single day of hearings before depriving the city of $12 million a year and costing themselves a little dignity.

Speaker Gifford Miller showed that dignity wasn’t something he cared to retain. “Everything needs a break one day a week - even parking meters,” said the object of Emily Farris’ crush. Emily, do you still respect Miller enough to vote for him?

In reporting the final vote of 43 to 1, the New York Times’ reporters must have been taking their one day a week break from doing their jobs, however, since they didn’t bother to report who cast the sole nay vote, or find any average citizens who weren’t supporters of the bill. Good to see our journalists continuing to aspire to the same high standards as our elected representatives.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.